Howard the Duck #1
Howard’s Presidential campaign is in full-swing, and dealing with it has become a full-time job, with Howard and Bev dodging campaign fixers and an army of assassins determined to silence them.
These books were so wonderfully serviced by first-rate art. I think it was Stan Lee who said that Gene Colon could get tension out of drawing a guy turning a doorknob … and I’m not sure what that means … but man, I love seeing Colan on Howard the Duck (and anything else). It certainly elevates the script, which is only so-so here, as Howard lays out his campaign platform, including one of those patented Steve Gerber text pages. Mostly Howard’s political positions are just common sense, though they were satire in their day. Now it is we who are trapped in a world we never made.
- Script: Steve Gerber
- Pencils: Gene Colan
- Inks: Steve Leialoha
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… Howard The Duck! (1976)
The late, great Hunter S. Thompson said that when the going gets weird, the weird turn pro, and in this weirdest of weird times, the pro I miss most (along with the aforementioned Doctor Gonzo), is the great Steve Gerber.
I think that Steve would have had a lot to say about the current state of the world, which seems more comic-bookish than half the comics in my collection. Howard would have afforded Gerber with the perfect platform to tear apart the supervillians and talking heads polluting my newsfeed … and the time might even be right for Howard to mount another Presidential run!
(We could do a lot worse).
We miss you, Howard, Hunter, and Steve!
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- Hercules (2015)
- House of Secrets (1956)
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HOWARD THE DUCK #1
I fell like a killjoy by not liking this. Writer Chip Zdarsky and artist Joe Quinones have put together what seems like a fun book. Or maybe it just seems like they had fun putting it together, I dunno. I’m old enough to remember Steve Gerber’s Howard the Duck for rapid-fire and biting social commentary, and while it is entirely possible I’m seeing the past through the wrong end of the telescope, I found this Howard a pretty weak reflection of the original. Here Howard is a private detective who is sick of his life and solicits the help of Doctor Strange to return to his old world, which entails a road trip to Florida punctuated by multiple scene-setting flashbacks (none of which, amazingly, clue the reader into the basic how-and-why of a talking duck in the Marvel Universe). This Howard has plenty of heart, but he has lost his teeth. The in-joke Marvel gags are just OK, and the book’s one political joke is a soundbite-driven showdown with a redneck truck driver that’s intended to be a roundhouse punch, but lands like a feather pillow. Waugh!
Approachability For New Readers
Poor. The book starts with a flashback to an event that is never explained or put in context, and you’ll have to rely on Wikipedia to learn the basics of Howard himself.
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